Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,911 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Far From Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Transylmania
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. Prinze and Stiles regularly talk to the camera, but that doesn't make their characters self-aware.
  2. This runs a close second to September as his worst feature to date--marginally more bearable only because it's a comedy and a couple of gags are reasonably funny.
  3. Another piece of phony uplift from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
  4. Before seeing this film I couldn't understand why the producers had given it a subtitle; afterward I realized "Ecks vs. Sever" was probably the full script.
  5. This blunt comedy suffers from poor pacing, colorless dialogue, and subpar performances by the two leads that reveal just how much a director contributes to our perception of what a star is.
  6. Neither the love nor the loss in this tear-jerking romance contains much drama.
  7. Crushingly dull teen horror flick.
  8. Almost every note in this insipid comedy is strident or false, from the child's prodigious talent for deception to the jock's chaperoning her and her classmates at a Corolle doll boutique.
  9. Overlong, neither funny nor scary movie about a big lizard.
  10. What emerges is oddly ineffectual and uninvolving.
  11. The plot somehow manages to be both hackneyed and convoluted.
  12. The hokey dialogue and witless physical gags keep everything painful and hectoring.
  13. It's hard to pinpoint where things go wrong.
  14. This hopelessly redundant action gross-out aspires to a form of hip vacuousness--and may achieve it.
  15. This excruciating sequel tries to squeeze a few more bucks from the "Spy Kids" espionage formula.
  16. Flimsy transformation comedy.
  17. Misguided version of one of the Bard's best comedies.
  18. With a shamelessly cliched script by Amy Holden Jones (based on a novel by Jack Engelhard) that includes a speech plagiarized from Citizen Kane, the results are only for those who can take fare like "Valley of the Dolls" with a straight face and want to see Redford play Jay Gatsby again.
  19. At its core this is just another piece of big-studio nothingness. The characters are so underwritten they barely qualify as types, and the movie is badly paced, bookended by high-ordnance action sequences but painfully static in the middle.
  20. A cringe-inducing flop.
  21. "Speed" made millions on mindless, empty thrills; this laborious sequel is just as mindless and empty but lacks the thrills.
  22. An extravagant waste of resources.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Several graphically violent scenes of women and children in jeopardy make this, ultimately, beneath contempt.
  23. Here suspense is abandoned, and Jason is on-screen so long you get sick of seeing him -- and sick of the poorly staged slasher-film tricks.
  24. Tautly directed by David Slade, this drama probably offers more sadism than anyone could possibly want...The characters are absurd, but if you're up for this sort of thing, then surely you can con yourself into accepting them. Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
  25. For every jab at hypocrisy in law enforcement or in the media's crime coverage...there's a scene's worth of uninflected scatology or misogyny.
  26. Vacuous filmmaking of a very familiar kind.
  27. What seems more problematic is the virtual exaltation of Dirty Harry vigilantism, the storm trooper mentality and behavior on Nolte's part that the film breezily takes for granted; if there's any irony about it, it's carefully designed to wash over the storm trooper types in the audience and not give offense to them--only to the rest of us.
  28. Misshapen and obfuscating biopic.
  29. Enter this diseased Lewis Carroll universe at your own risk.

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